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Instructions for preparing and serving a three-day notice to pay rent or vacate
Important: Proper preparation and delivery of this form is critical for a notice to pay rent or
vacate to be enforceable in a Washington court of law. It is highly recommended that you
consult a lawyer prior to using this or any other legal form. The Law Office of Evan L. Loeffler
PLLC provides this form as a courtesy without any claim as to its effectiveness or legality. Use
of this form does not in any way create an attorney-client relationship between the user and any
party associated with the Law Office of Evan L. Loeffler PLLC.
Preparing the notice
1.Name all parties known to be residing in the leased premises (do not include minor
2.Include the complete address of the leased premises.
3.Do not include any amounts that are not rent in a three-day notice to pay rent or vacate.
If you demand amounts that are not rent in a notice to pay rent or vacate it may invalidate
the notice. Utilities and security deposits are not rent!
4.Do not include late fees in a three-day notice unless there is a written lease that
specifically provides for late fees as additional rent.
5.Late fees must be reasonable. If monthly late fees are more than 10% of the monthly rent
they may not be enforceable.
6.Include the address where rent is to be paid on the notice.
Serving the notice
1.The notice must be hand-delivered to the tenant. Any party may hand-deliver the notice.
2.A notice should be delivered to each tenant.
3.If the tenant cannot be found, the notice may be hand-delivered to any person of suitable
age and discretion at the premises. A copyof the notice must be mailed by U.S. mail in
addition to the notice delivered to the premises.
4.After making an attempt at hand-delivery to the premises, the notice may be
conspicuously affixed to the door or window of the premises. A copyof the notice must
be mailed by U.S. mail in addition to the notice affixed to the premises.
5.Any mailed notice may be mailed by regular mail. A declaration of mailing similar to the
declaration in the attached notice is sufficient proof of mailing. If there is any concern
about whether the tenant will deny receipt of the mailed notice, mail an additional notice
by certified mail with return receipt requested.
6.If a notice is mailed the compliance period is extended by one day.
7.The day of service does not count when calculating the time within which the tenant must
comply with the notice. Weekends do count. The last day to comply with a notice may
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